When abortion practitioners use warm and fuzzy terms to describe their work, they leave out one important detail about what exactly their job entails.
In cleverly crafted language, Phoenix, Arizona abortion practitioner DeShawn Taylor recently described her office as a “safe space” where she helps to “relieve” women of their “problem[s].” No mention of that “problem” being an unborn baby or that “relieving” means killing the baby while he or she is in the womb.
Writing for the American Civil Liberties Union’s blog “Speak Freely,” Taylor talked up her abortion practice while criticizing the recent election of Donald Trump and his pro-life choices for his administration.
When Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20, I’ll be where I always am: at Desert Star, listening to my patients’ concerns and helping them resolve whatever health care need they’re facing. Indeed, my favorite part of being a doctor and an abortion provider is being able to give my patients relief. They come to me with a problem, and I have the tools to solve it.
Taylor explained that she opened her own abortion practice, Desert Star Family Planning, in 2013, but it’s now in jeopardy because voters elected Trump, as well as Republican majorities to the U.S. House and Senate.
Desert Star is exactly what I’d dreamed it would be: a home base for women’s wellness; a safe space for LGBT people and teens; a warm, supportive environment where, on any given day, my staff and I may be called on to provide cancer screenings or abortion care or treatment for acute gynecological problems.
But I have been under assault by the Arizona Legislature since the day I opened, and Donald Trump’s election means that things are only going to get worse. The truth is, I couldn’t even bear to stay up late watching the election returns. Once the tide began turning, I turned in.
She complained that abortion practices like her own could lose taxpayer dollars through Medicaid under the new Congress and Trump administration, and later argued that taxpayers should be forced to directly pay for abortions through Medicaid.
She complained about informed consent laws that require Arizona abortion facilities to perform an ultrasound and inform women about her unborn child, the possible risks of abortion and the public resources available to her if she decides to parent or make an adoption plan. To Taylor, fully informing women about abortion is “harmful,” and she sees this type of “harm” as only getting worse in the next four years.
She bemoaned Trump’s promise to nominate pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, justices who potentially could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Later, she criticized Trump’s choice of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general because he is pro-life, writing, “… there is a serious question whether Sen. Sessions can put aside his personal beliefs and prosecute people who try to obstruct access to Desert Star and other abortion clinics or who engage in violence or threats of violence against people like me because we provide abortion care.”
What abortion activists do not seem to realize, or choose to ignore, is the heart of the pro-life position: protections for all human life. That includes Taylor’s life, women’s lives and unborn babies’.
Pro-lifers are working in many different ways to protect lives from abortion. Passing laws and appointing judges is just one way. Pro-lifers do not want abortion to just be illegal, we want it to be unthinkable. The movement works through many different ways – from laws to educational projects to material resources for pregnant and parenting moms – to empower women with the resources and information they need to choose life for their children.